Social Media

Babblr Brings New Life to Tumblr With Instant Messaging Platform

By | Jun 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Did anybody else use AOL Instant Messenger religiously? I remember all the cool features from the glory days: the sound of that door as it opened and closed, annoying jingles, designing the perfect profile, creative away messages, and horrific text color schemes that no…

Productivity

Implement Your Business’s Strategic Plan with ForwardMetrics

By | Jun 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm

A business’s strategic plan does more than lay out missions, values, and strategies; it provides a definition. It defines where you are and where you want to be over the next few years, and that definition focuses energy, time, and resources towards that goal….

Who is San Diego’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

By | Jun 7, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Welp – the word is out.  Tech Cocktail has been touring the country all year uncovering the hottest startups in more than 20 cities.  The winners in each city go onto go onto the next round for the chance to qualify for Tech Cocktail Celebrate, our…

B2B

What’s Wrong with Websites Today?

By | Apr 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm

When you think about it, many websites are just glorified books – with some fancy design and a few videos thrown in. There’s the table of contents, the navigation menu on the top or left or bottom with a whole long list of stuff….

iPhone

ScoreStream’s iPhone App Delivers Local High School and Club Sports Score Updates

By | Sep 24, 2012 at 12:35 am

Running late to your kid’s high school football game?  It’s okay, your spouse got there early to secure a pair of seats at the 50-yard-line.  And if you downloaded ScoreStream, you can keep up with the game play-by-play, so you barely miss a beat….

Education

Nulu: A Fresh Take on Learning Languages

By | Sep 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm

When we last covered San Diego startup Nulu, the application was pre-launch, and the team was readying to revolutionize foreign language instruction. Today, Nulu has been incorporated into the curriculum of well over one hundred universities, closed a seed funding round, got accepted into the…

Health

Get Your Personal Allergy Forecast on the Good Days App

By | Sep 14, 2012 at 9:00 am

Weather.com may have its pollen forecast, but what about your personal allergy forecast? Your good days – and bad days – might not be the same as everyone else’s. The Good Days app, in beta for iPhone and Android, tracks not just pollen but…

Gear & Gadgets

Buy SOLO Eyewear Bamboo Sunglasses and Help People in Need

By | Sep 12, 2012 at 11:00 am

It’s easy to take our sight for granted; in fact, many people probably take their expensive, designer sunglasses for granted. But the team at SOLO Eyewear doesn’t. When they realized how many people suffered from preventable blindness, they set out to help. Their solution…

Social Good

DonationMatch Helps Charities Get Donations from Companies

By | Sep 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm

If companies want to donate to charity, their traditional options are limited: post a form on their website for donation requests, or maybe visit a local nonprofit. But a few services online are starting to connect them to nonprofits directly. Auction Frogs connects businesses…

Social Media

Instagrille: Sync Instagram Activity to Your PC

By | Jul 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

Checking Instagram can be is a huge time suck for most of us. But a desktop app is making it even easier for you to stay tuned to your fellow mobile photographers’ activity – with a few new features. Instagrille is a desktop application that syncs activity…

Location Based Services

Time to Enjoy: New Mobile App Works With Your Schedule to Discover Events

By | May 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Event discovery is available for the taking.  You can use Foursquare to see who is at a given venue in your vicinity, but it does little in terms of finding new events.  RAVN made the where its central focus, but due to a lack of traction, closed up shop earlier…

Mobile

Water Startup NextDrop Faces Unpredictable Obstacles in India

By | Feb 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Imagine turning on the pipes and seeing no water flow. Instead, you spend hours waiting for it to be turned on so your family doesn’t go thirsty. This is normal for millions of households in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, reports NextDrop. The San…

Entrepreneur

An Interview With Alex Bard of Salesforce’s Desk.com Built By Assistly

By | Feb 1, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Yesterday, Salesforce announced the launch of Desk.com, a new social help desk product built by the Assistly team, which was acquired last September. We have been following the progress of San Francisco-based Assistly, syncing up every few months with founder and CEO Alex Bard…

Entrepreneur

Serial Entrepreneur Mike O’Brien: Keep Away From People Who Belittle Your Dreams

By | Dec 25, 2011 at 10:00 am

Mike O’Brien is one of those serial entrepreneurs that come up with new ideas – and execute them – constantly.  He is currently CEO of San Diego-based Climber.com, a proactive career management tool that gives job seekers access to hundreds of thousands of recruiters. …

Events

Finding the Underlying Gems in User-Generated Content with 451 Degrees

By | Dec 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

We all know that content is “king.” Thoughtful, meaningful, original online content garners high SEO results – true back in the early days of search engines, and still true now. However, if content is king, then smart and thoughtful user-generated content about your company…

Social Good

Find Stylish Eco-Friendly and Ethical Brands at Fashioning Change

By | Dec 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm

If you are struggling to find a stylish gift for your vegan sister or animal-rights- activist brother, head on over to Fashioning Change, a just-launched Netflix-type recommendation site for stylish green shopping. Co-founded by Adriana Herrera, who has married her marketing and product development…

Events

Get the Latest in Footwear Technology with DAMPS Boots

By | Dec 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Technology is everywhere.  Nowhere is this more apparent than the recent level of advancements in our shoes.  Yes, shoes. Whether it be the rise in popularity of Vibram FiveFingers, Reebok’s new ZigZag technology, or the increasing trend toward hiking huaraches, the competition for more ergonomically…